UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Warns of the Grave Physical, Emotional and Psychological Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, and Calls on States to Protect the Rights of Children

Извор: WUNRN – 30.05.2020

8 April 2020 - The Committee on t he Rights of the Child expresses concern about the situation of children globally, particularly those in situations of vulnerability, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many children are gravely affected physically, emotionally and psychologically, especially in countries that have declared states of emergencies and mandatory lockdowns.

In addition to the declaration of ten human rights treaty bodies, the Committee further urges States to respect the rights of the child in taking measures to tackle the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the Committee calls on States to:

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The Indigenous World 2020 - Report

Извор: WUNRN – 26.05.2020

Rising temperatures, unpredictable weather and shifting climate patterns, coupled with a global insatiable land rush, are increasingly straining the lands Indigenous Peoples have traditionally been caring for and defending. Throughout 2019, Indigenous Peoples also continued to be persecuted, threatened, criminalised and killed in their efforts to defend their rights. The 66 regional and country reports and 17 reports on international processes and initiatives covered in this edition underscore these trends.

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Caregivers Have Special Vulnerability & Challenges during COVID-19 - USA

Извор: WUNRN – 25.05.2020

Health care has become a high-risk job in the wake of the coronavirus. (Stephanie De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

By Tonya Mosley & Serena McMahon

Many caregivers — much like workers at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, where more than 20 people have died from COVID-19 — are supporting some of the most at-risk people, such as the elderly, those with preexisting conditions and people with disabilities. Oftentimes, these workers are going into people’s homes.

“While everybody else is running from the coronavirus, they're running towards it in terms of supporting one of the most vulnerable populations,” says Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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Informal Women Workers - 3 Ways to Contain COVID-19's Impact on Informal Women Workers

Извор: WUNRN – 22.05.2020

Rachel Moussie & Silke Staab

18 May 2020 - Many developing countries have responded to COVID-19 with travel restrictions, lockdowns and curfews to protect the health of citizens and fragile health systems. But with measures to support livelihoods lagging behind, women and the poor are hit hard. During the Ebola crisis, travel restrictions severely impacted the livelihoods of women traders in West Africa, and while men’s economic activity soon returned to pre-crisis levels, the effects on women’s economic security lasted much longer. 

Even before COVID-19, women informal workers in low- and middle- income countries reported that childcare responsibilities limited their participation, productivity and earnings. Now, school closures have intensified their workloads and reduced earnings.

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COVID-19: G7 Nations Need to Get Gender Equality Right for a Better Future for Women at Work

Извор: WUNRN – 22.05.2020

ILOGENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization, UN Women and the European Union have called on G7 nations to put in place measures to promote gender equality amid the COVID-19 crisis

Fighting deep-rooted gender inequality must be part of countries’ responses to the pandemic crisis, says high-level meeting on the role of women in the post-COVID future.

14 May 2020 - At a virtual high-level meeting on COVID-19, bringing together government ministers, CEOs, business associations, trade unions, civil society, global women’s movements and academia from G7 countries, participants agreed that women’s economic empowerment should be part of the crisis response.

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“Every worker is essential and must be protected from COVID-19, no matter what” – UN rights experts

Извор: Висок комесаријат за човекови права при ОН – 18.05.2020

GENEVA (18 May 2020) – As countries begin to ease recent restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of UN human rights experts* call on Governments and businesses to ensure all workers are protected from exposure to COVID-19.

“No worker is expendable. Every worker is essential, no matter what category is applied to them by States or businesses. Every worker has the right to be protected from exposure to hazards in the workplace, including the coronavirus.

We are concerned at the number of frontline workers who have not been given adequate protection during peak periods of contagion in various countries and economic sectors. And as Governments continue to reduce restrictions and workers begin to return to work, we urge all States and businesses to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to protect every worker.

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Debt standstill for distressed countries must go beyond 2020, urges UN expert

Извор: Висок комесаријат за човекови права при ОН – 14.05.2020

GENEVA (14 May 2020) – The new Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Yuefen Li, called today on international financial institutions, G20 and private creditors to extend the announced six-month debt standstill to low-income and debt-distressed middle-income countries until at least the middle of next year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has widely exposed the debt vulnerability of many developing countries. “Even before the pandemic, 40 percent of low-income countries were struggling to service their debt. Today, to contain the spread of the coronavirus and keep the economy afloat, developing countries would need more than US$2.5 trillion, according to IMF and UN estimates,” said Li.

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HealthBuddy: A new chatbot to engage with communities in Europe and central Asia on COVID-19

Извор: СЗО Европа – 18.05.2020

HealthBuddy, a multilingual interactive chatbot, is the newest tool to be launched as a resource for countries in Europe and central Asia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chatbot, developed by WHO/Europe and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO), will help countries in the region to access accurate information, and counter misinformation surrounding the virus.

The chatbot is now available for national authorities and public health institutions for tailored use in countries, including in local languages. It uses artificial intelligence to answer questions about COVID-19, and provides local information such as COVID-19 hotlines available in European and central Asian countries.

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